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SCOTUS (Again) Denies Michigan Request On Asian Carp

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Mar 22, 2010 4:40PM

For the second time this year, the Supreme Court has rejected a request by the State of Michigan to shut down a pair of shipping locks in Chicago-area waterways, something Michigan says will prevent the spread of Asian Carp into Lake Michigan. Both the State of Illinois and the Obama administration had asked the SCOTUS to refuse the request on the grounds that they are already working on ways to prevent the spread of the potentially damaging fish. The first request was dismissed in January. Still open to the high court is the request by the State of Michigan to reopen a 1922 lawsuit over the creation of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, linking the Mississippi River with the Great Lakes and thereby opening a path for the Asian Carp to make their way to the Lakes. Michigan has been joined by the other Great Lakes states - Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York - as well as the Canadian province of Ontario in this fight.